Friday, September 01, 2006


This early, there is already something confusing and disturbing that is taking place between the administration and the Melo Commission it brought to existence. Even before the commission formally starts its task of eventually identifying those responsible for the political abductions and killings in the country, the administration already gave a blanket absolution of the military as a whole for such atrocities.

More. It alleges that the criminals are the opposition. All those abducted and killed had one common denominator, viz., they were all anti-administration. It is both strange and illogical that the opposition would do the extermination of individuals who like them, denounce the present administration.

After the loud and clear commendation of the military during no less than the SONA event, now comes its expressed absolution of the same entity. This simply means the preemption by the administration about what conclusion the commission should make. What a waste of manpower and funds! What a poor show!

This is just one of the many reasons that make the administration much distrusted so much by so many. That is why there is much disbelief in what it says, visualizes and projects. Its big liability in terms of popular disdain and even ridicule is its own creation. It is incongruous to blame the opposition for its sadly low credibility—including that of the continuous disappearances and murders of precisely convinced critics of the present administration.

It would be hard to find anyone who wants the Melo Commission to fail in its mission—unmask the political killers and stop political killings. If it has a big impediment in really accomplishing its mandate, sad to say, this comes from the mandate giver itself. What a contradiction!

And if the political killers are not brought to justice and the political killings go on somehow somewhere, the administration has a ready entity to blame—the commission! The songs would be predictable: “Don’t blame me.” “ I did what I have to do.” “Free at last”.

+O. V. CRUZ, D.D.
1 September 2006